Offa’s Dyke Path Celebrates 50th Anniversary with new Passport Scheme: Here we Unveil our Favourite Summer Stretches
One of Britain’s most popular walking routes, the Offa’s Dyke, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, marking 50 years since the Offa’s Dyke Association was created in 1969. The association then went on to open the official waymarked trail two years later, which crawls its way between the border of Wales and England.
To mark the occasion, the association has launched a new passport scheme, encouraging walkers to record their journey in a special book, by collecting 12 different stamps along the 177-mile trail. There will be no expiry date, meaning walkers can take as long as they need to collect all of the stamps and the cost of the passport (£5.00 per person) will help to fund ongoing conservation work.
To further celebrate, we have picked some our favourite Offa’s Dyke summer stretches, offering a handy guide for those looking to don their hiking boots and hit the trail themselves.
The Offa’s Dyke follows the ancient earthworks that acted as border between England and Wales and is the UK’s largest monument, built by the Saxon King Offa to discourage any hostile Welsh Celtic tribes threatening his kingdom. Starting from Sedbury Cliffs on the Severn Estuary near Chepstow, it winds its way to the North Wales resort of Prestatyn on Liverpool Bay, taking in Norman castles, abbeys, the dramatic Black Mountains, the famous old bookshops of Hay-on-Wye and the amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site.
We are the oldest and most experienced walking company in Wales and, thanks to our position in Tintern, on the Offa’s Dyke path itself, our team know the entire route seamlessly. As well as getting a personalised itinerary, with all overnight accommodation stops pre-booked, those booking a walking holiday with us will also receive free luggage transfers, avoiding the hassle of carrying heavy packs en-route.
For more information on the Offa’s Dyke, please visit www.celtictrailswalkingholidays.co.uk/walking-holidays/offas-dyke-path.
Our Favourite Summer Stretches:
Angus Cunningham, Founder – “My favourite stretch has to be between Llangollen to Bodfari; the sheep trail under the Eglwyseg cliffs is reminiscent of the Dolomites, followed by panoramic views from the wide Clwydian Hills to Snowdon, Anglesey and the Irish sea”.
Sarah Jones, Holiday Coordinator – “The walk from Chepstow to Redbrook is a blissful escape from the day to day, following the River Wye as it winds its way through the countryside, with the promise of a delicious beer at The Boat at the end of the day! Plus, it has dramatic views of Tintern Abbey and, in late summer, the local woods are full of young pheasants that scatter as you walk through”.
Kate Powell, Holiday Coordinator – “I really love the stretch between Kington and Glasebury; it’s always so peaceful and the views from Hergest Croft Gardens, with its gorgeous wildflowers, old-fashioned kitchen garden, small gift shop and tea rooms are amazing”.
Walk the Offa’s Dyke with Celtic Trails:
We offer a variety of self-guided itineraries for those looking to explore the Offa’s Dyke, with options to match all fitness levels, time scales an accommodation preferences. For example:
Chepstow to Knighton
7-nights, 6-days, 129km, 80 miles
7-nights available on a B&B basis with all luggage transfers and a personalised walk pack with itinerary, accommodation directions, trail guide and local interest leaflets.
Knighton to Prestatyn
8-nights, 7-days, 156km, 97 miles
8-nights available on a B&B basis with all luggage transfers and a personalised walk pack with itinerary, accommodation directions, trail guide and local interest leaflets.
Chepstow to Prestatyn
14-nights, 13-days, 285km, 177 miles
14-nights available on a B&B basis with luggage transfers and a personalised walk pack with itinerary, accommodation directions, trail guide and local interest leaflets.
For more information, or to book any of Celtic Trails’ walking holidays, please call 01291 689774 or contact us here.